Contract & Commercial agreements

Members of 6 Pump Court regularly advise on detailed commercial agreements. The provision of advocacy expertise in the context of litigated and mediated disputes is seen as a special strength of the team. Examples include acting in disputes over the interpretation of worldwide agreements for payments of royalties in relation to pharmaceuticals, franchise agreements and penalty and exemption clauses. The breadth of recent work in this area has extended to include such matters as a dispute over agreements for the auction of historical and artistic items and advising an international finance company where in the EU it should base its operations. Chambers’ advisory work includes advising a company on the obligations of representatives, entitlements to commission and refund of mis-sold polices under the financial services legislation.

Members at 6 Pump Court have experience of jurisdiction disputes and the application of choice of law provisions in commercial agreements and assist in the finalisation of such contracts. Recent work in this area includes recovery of sums due by Defendants resident in the UK for the provision of educational services in other parts of the EU.

Members are able to assist with all manner of pre-emptive commercial remedies, both domestic and international. Much of this work includes the obtaining of urgent freezing injunctions to preserve property and Norwich Pharmacal proceedings against third parties to obtain necessary information concerning potential Defendants. Examples include obtaining injunctions for business in the context of claims for trespass and interference with goods, seeking urgent freezing injunctions for estate agents in relation to proposed property transactions and injunctions to protect trade secrets and confidential information.

Often enforcement proceedings will be as important and as involved as the substantive litigation and members of chambers can advise and assist on appropriate methods for enforcing judgments against assets and litigants outside the jurisdiction.